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Crackle's Original Web Series 'THE BANNEN WAY' Dominates The 2nd Annual Streamys

Sony Pictures Television - 04/12/2010

THE BANNEN WAY, the sexy, fast-paced web series from Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's online video network, garnered the most wins of any nominated network or production company at the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards, which honor excellence in original web television programming. THE BANNEN WAY won a total of four awards, including "Best Drama Web Series," emerging as the most honored program for the evening.

Winners were announced by the International Academy of Web Television on Sunday, April 11th at a ceremony held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Streamy Awards won by THE BANNEN WAY, which has surpassed 13 million views on Crackle.com, include:

  --  Best Drama Web Series
  --  Best Male Actor in a Drama Web Series - Mark Gantt
  --  Best Directing for a Drama Web Series - Jesse Warren
  --  Best Editing in a Web Series - Zack Arnold


"'The Bannen Way' is the kind of high-quality programming Crackle brings to its audience and we are thrilled that the Academy chose to recognize it," said Eric Berger, Senior Vice President, Digital Networks, Sony Pictures Television. "We would like to congratulate Mark Gantt, Jesse Warren and the entire cast and crew who worked so tirelessly to create the series."

THE BANNEN WAY stars Mark Gantt ("Ocean's Eleven"); Vanessa Marcil ("Lipstick Jungle," "Las Vegas"); Gabriel Tigerman ("Supernatural"); Michael Ironside ("Terminator Salvation," "Total Recall," "Smallville"); Academy-Award® nominee Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown," "Heroes"); and special guest star, Academy-Award® nominee Michael Lerner ("Entourage," "Elf," "Barton Fink").

The series follows Neal Bannen (Mark Gantt), a charming con-man and thief with a police chief for a father (Michael Ironside); a mob boss for an uncle (Robert Forster); and a penchant for fine women - like Madison (Vanessa Marcil), who wants him to turn his life around and leave the criminal lifestyle once and for all. All Bannen has to do is complete one more job in order to pay off his debt to a notorious gangster...which just doesn't work out as easily as he'd hoped.

THE BANNEN WAY is directed by Jesse Warren, who co-wrote and serves as an executive producer with Mark Gantt, who stars in the series. THE BANNEN WAY is produced by Sony Pictures Television. The first two episodes of the series can be viewed at http://crackle.com/c/The_Bannen_Way and the entire series is available for rent or download at http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMovie?id=346345036&s=143 441

Crackle, Inc.

Crackle, Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures' vast library of television series and feature films. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today, offering audiences quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality. Crackle reaches an impressive audience through its diverse online and mobile distribution network. Visit Crackle's site at www.crackle.com

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